Contest Winner Sues Clear Channel/Fort Myers After Prize Not Awarded
May 23, 2011 at 6:07 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL's FORT MYERS-NAPLES cluster is among those being sued by a contest winner who won a $300,000 home but was never awarded the prize after the developer folded.
The FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS reports that PAULA HEDBERG was the winner of a 2007 contest to give away a new home in the COPPERHEAD GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, sponsored by Country WCKT (CAT COUNTRY 107.1), Classic Hits WOLZ (95.3 THE RIVER), and Rhythmic AC WZJZ (Z-100, then Smooth Jazz)/FORT MYERS and JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP's FOX affiliate WFTX-TV (FOX 4). HEDBERG picked the winning key and won the grand prize, but when she didn't qualify for the home for an undisclosed reason, she, according to the suit, was to be awarded a $150,000 cash lump sum by DECEMBER 10, 2007 but never got the cash or house.
The suit names CLEAR CHANNEL, JOURNAL, and COPPERHEAD LLC; COPPERHEAD folded in 2008, but the golf club is operating and another company bought the development. A spokesperson for CLEAR CHANNEL says that the grand prize was to be provided solely by COPPERHEAD, and COPPERHEAD's failure to award the prize does not make the sponsors liable.